The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1842

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p.2 Launch - H.M. War Steamer Cherokee, built at this Station, was launched yesterday afternoon about half past three o'clock. Capt. Sandom very considerately opened the gates of the Naval Department to the public, and as this is the first launch of the kind which has taken place since the last war, a very great interest was excited in the affair. Among the spectators we noticed His Excellency the Governor-General, family and suite, General Sir Richard Armstrong, and staff, etc., etc.

Lady Bagot gave the name Cherokee to the Steamer when she started for her native element.

The Cherokee, Montreal, and Traveller were very splendidly decorated with flags, and most conspicuous on the former we observed the Royal Standard flying at the mainmast and the United States flag at the fore.

The Cherokee is a very beautiful model and when fully equipped will no doubt prove the most powerful vessel on the North American lakes. She is 750 tons burthen, and is to be propelled by 2 engines of 100 h.p. each.

p.3 The steamer Chief Justice Robinson was launched on Saturday, the 10th instant, amidst the acclamations of an immense concours of persons, who had assembled for the purpose of witnessing this interesting sight. About 3 o'clock, P.M., Capt. Richardson (the enterprising owner) being on board, and all things ready, this noble vessel glided gallantly from the stocks into her destined element; the Band belonging to the Incorporated Militia at the same time playing Rule Britannia with great effect. The Chief Justice is certainly a fine specimen of naval architectural skill, and well sustains the high reputation of our enterprising Dock Company.

[Niagara Reporter]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1842